22. Cleveland Cavaliers select Ryan Dunn
Dunn struggled to get minutes as a freshman but showed flashes. He blocked 1.1 shots and grabbed nearly three rebounds in just 12.9 minutes per game. The 6’8 forward must prove he is impactful in a larger role, but teams have interest already.
The Cavaliers could pair Dunn with Evan Mobley, but the prospect would have to improve his jumper and showcase a versatile skill set. Cleveland has a decision to make in their frontcourt, but Mobley’s star turn could be right around the corner.
23. Philadelphia 76ers draft Dillon Mitchell
The 76ers will reset their roster next summer. Joel Embiid and Jaden Springer are the only two players under contract for next season. Philly is keeping Tyrese Maxey, but the rest of their roster could look extremely different.
The 76ers will need wings that offer length and versatility. Mitchell was a top recruit coming out of high school, but his poor freshman season dinged his draft stock. The 6’8 wing has plenty of upside and the Sixers need it as they attempt to retool.
24. Memphis Grizzlies take Aday Mara
Mara has a massive draft range. The 7’3 big man has top-five upside, but not many teams are looking for a center who may get played off the floor in the postseason. Mara struggles to protect the rim and block shots, despite his size. If he cannot guard on the perimeter or in the paint, what is his role in the current NBA?
The Grizzlies are known for developing talent, so they take a chance on Mara’s massive upside. The 18-year-old’s passing could help him stick in the league, but his defense must improve.